Staying home with your baby is a wonderful privilege, but it comes at a price. While you get to be there for every one of your baby’s developmental milestones (and shower them with hugs and kisses), you may also have to sacrifice a full-time paycheck.
That doesn’t mean you’re doomed to pinch pennies until your child reaches kindergarten age. Try one of these great side-hustle ideas to bring extra money into your growing household.
- Write. There are endless work possibilities for writers. If you’ve got a better-than-average grasp of grammar, you might pitch an idea for a column with your local newspaper. Online content curating sites are always looking for writers. Write personal essays or research articles for magazines on subjects you’re knowledgeable and/or passionate about.
- Self-publish. As a writer, you can also pen your own stories and publish them through publishing platforms like Kindle through Amazon. Publishing is virtually free unless you want upgraded services. The more well-written stories and books you have available, the more likely you’ll make money.
- Scour yard sales. If your little one is an early riser, take advantage of it. Visit yard sales early in the morning so you get the best pick. Buy items you feel will resale, like gold jewelry, watches, knives and antique toys. Flip them either online through sites like Craigslist or a local Facebook selling page, or rent a table at a flea market in your area to offer your finds all at once.
- Hit up clearance racks. Look for unbeatable deals at discount stores like TJ Maxx, Kohl’s and Marshalls. Resell your purchases on sites like Amazon, eBay or Craigslist.
- Refinish old furniture. Buy old wooden pieces like tables, children’s furniture and dressers. Sand them down, prime them and paint them. Add new hardware. On children’s furniture, paint popular cartoon characters like the Little Mermaid or Mickey Mouse.
- Sell on Etsy. Etsy is a place to sell handmade crafts. If you have an artistic nature, you can handmake earrings, keychains, wallets and so forth, and post them for sale.
- Babysit. You’re already at home with your little peanut. Why not make room for one or two more? The laws that regulate daycares versus babysitting vary from state to state. Familiarize yourself with the laws in your state. Going full-tilt into operating a daycare is a world away from just watching a child or two, so make sure you know the differences legally.
- Tutor. If you’re good at algebra, calculus, English, et cetera, consider tutoring others who aren’t so good. You can host the tutoring at your home so you can keep an eye on the squirt. In fact, you can even Skype the tutoring session and avoid worrying about picking up the baby’s toys altogether.
- Join the sharing network. Grassroots sharing has exploded in recent years. There is a plethora of websites that allow you to rent out just about anything you own, like your bicycle, car, camera and skiing gear. Okay with having guests? Then rent out your spare bedroom to vacationers.
- Make YouTube videos. Videos are free to upload. You can make them on virtually any subject that interests you, from applying makeup to playing video games to cooking healthy food. Uploading regularly can result in a modest but regular monthly paycheck, courtesy of Google Adsense.
- Handle a business’s social marketing. It’s important for nearly all businesses to have some form of social media presence, but many owners are too busy or not savvy enough to devote time to it. If social media is second nature to you, contact local businesses and offer to handle theirs for a monthly fee.
- Walk dogs. According to the American Veterinary Medical Foundation, more than 43 million households include at least one dog, and every one of those dogs must be walked during the day. Cash in on this fact of life by walking one or two in your neighborhood. You can easily make several hundred extra dollars a month doing this.
Staying home with your baby doesn’t mean you have to suffer financially. If you’re willing to think outside the box, you can bring in enough extra money that your missed paycheck won’t be missed at all.